Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey said Tuesday that both Marshawn Powell and Jeff Peterson are about 80 percent and would see action along with the other 10 scholarship Razorbacks.
Powell played in Arkansas' first exhibition game – a 101-60 victory over LeMoyne Owen - and sit out the second – a 109-74 win over Victory University - with Peterson doing the opposite.
The look of the Razorbacks will be much different for this season's opener will be much different than when they went into last season's with just six scholarship players healthy and eligible.
"Hopefully we will be able to extend and play well for long periods of time," Pelphrey said. "Be able to create some intensity with our system and our style and be able to take advantage of everybody and bring fatigue into the game hopefully for our opponent and then be able to execute down the stretch."
Pelphrey wasn't ready to announce a starting line-up.
"Hopefully the thing our basketball team understands is that everybody is playing," Pelphrey said. "We need everyone. You may have not played very much the other night, but when it comes to Thursday you may be playing more than somebody else. Every game is different, every game plan has got some tweaks to it. Certainly there are going to be some things night in and night out there are some thing we want to do consistently, but regardless of who starts, everybody is getting out there and playing. We could have a number of different starting line-ups."
Grambling was 7-21 a season ago after a school year that started in tragedy when the previous staff was fired after 21-year-old Henry White died during a four-mile punishment run without water.
Bobby Washington was hired on an interim basis and coached last season and takes over full-time this season after jettisoning eight players off his 12-player roster.
The Tigers will come into the game 0-2 after losses last week to Baylor (87-52) and Rice (86-57). They have shot just 32 percent from the field and have coughed up 44 turnovers so far this season.
"Grambling is a very aggressive basketball team that is capable of putting four 3-point shooters out there at the same time," Pelphrey said. "That is very similar to one of the exhibition games we played, which is a concern. "
Grambling State is led by 6-8, 205-pound junior college transfer Brandon Wilson, who is the only double figure scorer at 16 points per game and also the leading rebounder at 6 caroms a contest.
"They have a young man up front there that really, really is a match-up problem," Pelphrey said. "He's kind of a 3-4. He's got a little bit of size to him, just can really drive that basketball. That's a problem in this basketball game. At Baylor he had a big game, at Rice he had a big game."
The Tigers also have a diminutive point guard in 5-7 senior Donald Qualls, last season's leading scorer at 15.2 per game.
"They are going to look to attack our pressure," Pelphrey said. "I have been very impressed with them on film and their pressure defense and forcing 20-plus turnovers from each of their opponents. To do that on the road, it's real and we are going to have to make sure we take care of the basketball."